Improvising by Dr Michael Spacie

It is a huge joy to pick out a tune and harmonise it using an array of keys and chord patterns and playing it in a range of styles and understanding how the music works from the inside out. Improvisations can include changes in register, changes of mode and key, unpredictable modulations, additions of accompaniment patterns, modifying a left hand passage and composing a new right hand, simple to complex variations, clusters, glissandi, chromaticism, cadential progression, unexpected swerves of harmony, rhythmic complexities, scale passages etc.. This leads to a vibrant discovery where the nuts and bolts of music construction becomes a reality without necessarily being preoccupied with exact movements of the fingers, although a general overall ‘map’ of construction is often helpful if not essential. Improvisation and harmony can be encouraged through eighteenth-century performance practice – the recognised fact that … read more »